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Among the project participants “Moscow longevity” There are many who were personally affected by the Great Patriotic War. Traditionally, on the eve of Victory Day, older Muscovites shared stories about those difficult years.

97-year-old Vladimir Kolosov was 15 years old in 1941. He lived with his mother and 17-year-old brother in Leningrad. The man recalls that on June 22, they gathered together with familiar guys near the V.I. stadium. Lenin, and at 12 o’clock they announced the beginning of the war. There was no one in the stadium, where there were usually thousands of people.

“We were very young boys and thought that in a few months Germany would be defeated and we would win,” said Vladimir Kolosov.

From the very beginning of the war, children and women contributed to the victory. According to Vladimir Mikhailovich, he entered an artillery school, where 15-year-old cadets were armed with rifles, and they began to ensure the security of Leningrad and carry out special tasks.

The young men patrolled the streets in the evening, caught saboteurs near the Elektrosila plant and made sure that there were no rocket launchers. They also stood guard on rooftops during bombings and built bomb shelters. Already at the age of 16 and a half, Vladimir Kolosov was awarded a medal for the defense of Leningrad: for a whole month he and the boys built fortifications and anti-tank ditches.

The man’s family experienced difficult years of the city’s siege. In 1942, Vladimir and his school were evacuated from the city along the Road of Life across Lake Ladoga. He continued his studies in Altai, where he entered the artillery school. He received the rank of officer in 1945, and celebrated Victory Day right in class.

“We were, of course, very happy. I remember that there was a great celebration, elation. The war is over,” shared Vladimir Kolosov.

Then he served in the army for 10 years, was demobilized and began working at a school. He became a teacher at the age of 27, and now his work experience is 70 years. At 97 years old, Vladimir Kolosov runs a chess club for children and also teaches older Muscovites how to play. He opened his own club in the Moscow longevity center “Sviblovo”, where citizens of the “silver” age, passionate about this game, gather.

Another participant of the “Moscow Longevity”, Evgenia Pishchulina, worked at an aircraft factory in Moscow along with adults during the war. She came there as a 15-year-old girl in 1942. According to her recollections, some shifts lasted 12 hours, and her hands hurt badly after work.

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During the war, Evgenia Fedorovna lost her father, who died fighting for Smolensk. She remembers Victory Day as a big holiday. “Everyone took to the streets, sang and danced, there was shouting and noise on the main streets of the city, the entire Dzerzhinsky Square was filled with people,” she recalls.

Despite all the difficulties that befell her childhood, Evgenia Pishchulina continues to remain optimistic. At the age of 97, she has mastered modern gadgets and is now taking part in her favorite courses online: doing joint and breathing exercises and qigong, listening to lectures on the history of art, and taking courses on skin care. She was persuaded to study online by her grandchildren, who helped her master a smartphone. At first, the Muscovite wrote down everything step by step, learned to use technology, and now she easily uses the Internet: searches for films, sends letters by e-mail, and also communicates with friends in instant messengers.

“The secret to longevity is activity. I was always interested in something, and my head was always busy with something, so I had no time to grow old. And now I have my own hobbies, which allows me to keep myself in good shape. I enjoy life, every day,” said Evgenia Pishchulina.

90-year-old Nonna Malova was less than six years old when the war began. Despite this, the woman still has memories of those difficult years. With particular trepidation, she tells how they waited for news from her father, who was a fighter pilot. He went through the entire war, received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, was awarded two Orders of the Red Banner, the Order of Lenin, medals for the defense of the Caucasus and the capture of Berlin.

The participant of “Moscow Longevity” remembers the evacuation from Nikolaev, life in Ochakov and Crimea, where their family received the news of the Victory. “I remember this day like this: 10-year-old me standing in a crowd of joyful people celebrating Victory Day,” said Nonna Malova.

She is convinced that the secret to longevity lies in an active lifestyle and having hobbies. Nonna is a regular visitor to the Yaroslavsky Center for Longevity in Moscow. Here she participates in a poetry club and also crochets. In her opinion, it is creative hobbies that help to cope with any life difficulties.

For city residents of the older generation who want to collect and preserve memories of relatives, the “Moscow Longevity” project has opened the “Genealogy” direction. Professional teachers will help you structure the available information, tell you how to find the missing information, and also create a family tree.

In addition, for three years now at the Moscow longevity center “Lomonosovsky” there has been a memoirist’s club “Life Line”, created jointly with the Main Archive of Moscow. All citizens of “silver” age can join it.

You can become a participant in the Moscow Longevity project by contacting any Moscow longevity center, public services center “My Documents”, as well as online atportal mos.ru.

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